The Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Authority under the leadership of the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has accepted an unreserved apology from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regarding some ‘distasteful’ comments made by its Ashanti Regional Secretary, Kwame Zu against the Okyehene, ABC News can report.
Kwame Zu, at a demonstration held by the party in Kumasi, in September this year, said that but for the benevolence of former President John Mahama, Okyehene and his subjects “were in constant competitions with animals for water to drink.”
These comments by the NDC Secretary enraged the Traditional leaders in Akyem who, in September this year, led a demonstration to register their displeasure over what they described as derogatory comments against Okyeman.
Beyond the sanctions preferred on Kwame Zu, they also pronounced a ban on the NDC from entering any palace in the Akyem area.
Barely four months after, the NDC, led by its National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo on Thursday, December 5, 2019, met with the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council to redeem themselves of the ‘transgressions’ of Kwame Zu.
Speaking in an interview after the ‘pacification’, Secretary to the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council, Daniel Ofori Atta noted that the Okyehene has waived all the sanctions against Mr. Kwame Zu and the NDC.
According to him, even though the Okyehene was absent at the meeting , he is happy that peace has been restored between the Traditional Council and the largest opposition party.
“Nananom in line with customs performed rituals to redeem the NDC and Mr. Kwame Zu from any effects that whatever ritual that Nananom had performed [previously] may have had on the party and Mr. Kwame Zu. So that is why a sheep was slaughtered, a libation was poured to give customary validity to the prayers of Nananom and to restore the cordial relationship between the Akyem Abuakwa and the NDC.
“They initially imposed a fine on him; 49 sheep and about 49 schnapps but Osagyefo said in the spirit of the season and in line with the fact that this very month marks the 20th anniversary of his ascension to the Ofori Panyin stool, he decided to waive the fine that has been imposed on Mr. Kwame Zu and so he is happy that today peace has been restored between the National Democratic Congress and the Okyeman,” he stated.
Speaking on Citi FM, Mr. Ofosu Ampofo said the NDC wanted peace to prevail, hence its decision to call on the Okyehene and perform the necessary rites.
“Even though he [Kwame Zu] did not speak on our platform, we felt that as our Regional Secretary, the right thing was for us to respect tradition. So we have gone through the right traditional practices. Today, the Okyenhene has indicated that he has no problem with the NDC. The NDC is also saying that we have no problem with the Okyenhene. We want bygones to be bygones,” he indicated.